Pros And Amateurs Are Ready For Alfred Dunhill Links Championship !
The European Tour returns to Scotland for the 16th Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, an event played by both Tour professionals and amateurs. The event consists of two separate competitions, an individual professional tournament for 168 of the world’s leading golfers and a Team Championship, where each professional is paired with one of the 168 amateurs.
The tournament is played over three of the world’s best links courses: Carnoustie, the Old Course at St Andrews and Kingsbarns Golf Links. St Andrews is sited on a peninsula in the estuary of the River Eden and is famous for its large undulating greens and exposed conditions. Carnoustie is one of the toughest links courses and a great challenge to any golfer. Kingsbarns Golf Links was designed by Kyle Philips, opened in 2000, has large undulating greens and well placed bunkers and requires a high level of accuracy.
Last year, Dane Thorbjorn Olesen won the tournament with a final score of -18, two shots clear of Americans Brooks Koepka and Chris Stroud and is bidding to become the first player to successfully defend the title. Last year Olesen started round four three shots ahead, made birdie on 1, dropped 3 shots in the next 2 holes, falling 1 behind and then came back making birdies on 4 and 5 and made par at every hole there on in.
Top players this year include Danny Willett, Masters Champion, Spaniard Rafa Cabrera Bello, who made a positive debut at the 2016 Ryder Cup and Belgian Thomas Pieters who is also in great form, gaining 4 out of 5 points at Hazeltine National. Branden Grace, a former winner, leading Irish golfer Shane Lowry and Andrew Johnston, will be joined by previous winners of the event, Martin Kaymer and Lee Westwood.
Actors Hugh Grant and Andy Garcia and cricket stars Kevin Pietersen and Michael Vaughan will also be playing and testing their skills.
Looking forward to a weekend of great golf from Pros and Amateurs alike.